Date Published: November 25, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: ThePLoS Medicine Editors discuss what role food aid should play in addressing the global childhood malnutrition crisis.
Partial Text: In January 2008, in an article entitled “The Starvelings,” The Economist made the case that childhood hunger and malnutrition have a far greater impact upon child health than was previously thought . The most recent estimates are that stunting, severe wasting, and intrauterine growth restriction together are responsible for 21% of disability-adjusted life years and 2.2 million deaths in children under five years annually . Those malnourished children who do survive are at heightened risk of long-term health, educational, and economic impairment . Hunger is now arguably “the gravest single threat to the world’s public health” .